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A modern apple in high demand. Outstanding fresh-eating qualities make this variety an American favorite. Fruit is aromatic and sweet as honey with an explosively juicy, crisp texture. Grow this naturally compact tree even in small spaces. Originates from Excelsior, Minnesota in 1974. Cold-hardy. Ripens in early September. Pollinator required: Choose another early or mid-blooming apple variety, like Starkspur® Red Rome Beauty, Stark® Jon-A-Red® Jonathan, or any Golden Delicious. See more Recommended Pollinators below.

Calcium improves fruit quality and is especially helpful in growing Honeycrisp apple trees.


Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Large
Pollination Pollinator Needed
Ripens/Harvest Early September
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Excellent, Sweet
Texture Crisp, Juicy
Years to Bear 2 - 5
Zone Range 3 - 6

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 3 - 6
My Hardiness Zone ?
The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatability range of this variety before ordering.

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

The mature size of this variety depends on the version you choose to plant:
Semi-Dwarf 12 - 15' Tall X 12 - 15' Wide
Dwarf 8 - 10' Tall X 8 - 10' Wide

Recommended Spacing

The space needed for this variety to grow depends on the size you plant:
Semi-Dwarf 12 - 15'
Dwarf 8 - 10'

Recommended Pollinators

This variety requires another one for adequate pollination.

Cross-pollination by a different variety is key to its growing and bearing success. Our experts recommend planting one of the following within 50' for optimum pollination.

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Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Planting & Care

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
I love the honey crisp. When we had a house in the city we planted one in our back yard, the apples were fantastic.
Kate R on Oct 10, 2017
Best apple I've ever eaten. Perfect texture. Juicy, tangy and sweet at the same time. Keep a long time in proper storage.
Kathy T on Apr 21, 2017
I love the honey crisp. When we had a house in the city we planted one in our back yard, the apples were fantastic.
Kate R on Oct 10, 2017
Several years ago we purchased these from you and they were wonderful they produced in the first year. We had to move and we are hoping for similar success.
Lynnise F on Jul 8, 2017
Best apple I've ever eaten. Perfect texture. Juicy, tangy and sweet at the same time. Keep a long time in proper storage.
Kathy T on Apr 21, 2017
My daughters went to Minnesota, it's an homage
NEAL S on Apr 2, 2017
Best eating apple ever and you pay a premium price in the store so why not have a tree in my own backyard.
aimee h on Mar 29, 2017
One of the most delicious apples available and it has a good texture.
HEIDI A on Mar 27, 2017
Need another sweet apple tree for eating to grow with the cooking apple trees we have and Honeycrisp are one of my favorites.
Todd J on Mar 25, 2017
My wife's favorite apple
Leonard S on Mar 24, 2017
Have ordered before. Great baking apple as well as an eating fresh apple.
LILLIE C on Mar 16, 2017
It's the first new commercial variety that is hardy enough for our climate. I have a 400 tree orchard with about 50 'Honeycrisp' trees.
PETER F on Mar 15, 2017
Very popular in our area
JANET J on Mar 10, 2017
Honey crisp apples are my favorite apple, but are so expensive to buy. I want to grow my own supply. I chose a dwarf variety for easier care and spacing on my property.
ROBYN T on Mar 5, 2017
Great taste.
Bruce B on Mar 4, 2017
My son-in-law loves this kind of apple and it pollinates Wolf River
Andrea L on Feb 28, 2017
Honeycrisp is my FAVORITE apple variety and want to plant my own tree. I am a Zone 4 and was very happy to see it will grow here.
Melissa J on Feb 24, 2017
Most delicious tasting apple I have ever eaten
Nancy K S on Feb 9, 2017
Because it's hearty enough to survive the ND climate.
Garland D on Feb 2, 2017
Best tasting I've had. Very crisp.
David F T on Jan 23, 2017
Hardy for my part of the country. Great all purpose apple also
Amy V on Jan 22, 2017
kids favorite apple
DIANA P on Jan 2, 2017
early harvest and sweet
Deborah R B on Nov 24, 2016
Great crop this year. A must have for your home orchard!
TIMOTHY S on Nov 5, 2016
I love the way these taste, and we don't have a very big yard. I wasn't able to find these in dwarf sizes at any other site, and I'm excited to have found this site sells these in dwarf size.
Desiree B on Oct 31, 2016
Have other apple trees, wanted to add this because of the sweet taste. on Oct 14, 2016
Bought this same one 4 years ago. Planted in the fall and had 3 huge apples the following summer! That winter a big Northeaster broke it off at the graft. So I'm trying again.
DENNIS M C on Oct 10, 2016
They are the best tasting apples!
JOSEPH B on Oct 7, 2016
Best eating apple ever
RICHARD S on Oct 5, 2016
Because they are the best apple I've ever eaten.
Dan L on Sep 30, 2016
Honeycrisp are so delicious! They are crisp, moist, and should grow well here in Denver.
Robert E on Sep 26, 2016
I absolutely Love the taste of Honeycrisp Apples, and I'm hoping that the little tree will do well. I have a Rome Beauty as a companion for pollination, if it takes.
MARGARET L F on Sep 19, 2016
grandma's favorite
THOMAS S on Sep 14, 2016
Tired of paying the outlandish super market prices for this variety. Wonderful eating apple. You can't go wrong with a Honeycrisp.
Edy F on Sep 7, 2016
the variety was recommended by Oregon State University Extension Service Publication EC 1622-E titled "Selecting fruit tree varieties for Central Oregon landscaping and home orchards". I also have heard many people talking about this variety.
vicky k on Sep 7, 2016
This is our favorite eating apple, and we drive to Michigan during growing season every other year to buy and bring home these apples. We simply love them, so I wanted to have them in my own back yard!
JOHNNY B on Jul 11, 2016
My absolute favorite apple ever!!!!!!
ANDREA C on Jul 4, 2016
Our family favorite
Rick G on Jul 2, 2016
we have people as us for this apple and would like to try it
Elizabeth B on Jun 8, 2016
zone 3
Fred P on Jun 5, 2016
my son likes these
THOMAS K on Jun 5, 2016
It's my favorite Apple
Leah B on Jun 5, 2016
My Favorite apple!! SO happy to find this tree! Can't wait for the day it begins to bear fruit! My honey bees should love the blossoms too :)
Danielle D on Jun 4, 2016
My wife's favorite apple--crisp, tart--great eating apple.
buzz on Jun 3, 2016
Love the taste and texture!
Anthony D on Jun 2, 2016
My spouse likes honeycrisp
Tammy D on Jun 2, 2016
My daughter worked fro Knouse Foods and this is the best apple from there orchards!
LEEESTA S on Jun 1, 2016
Very good tasting apple and it's harder for a cold climate.
KATHRYN H on May 26, 2016
to pollinate wolf river tree and for eating
Betty D on May 24, 2016
amazing tasting apples, the best there is.
RONALD F on May 18, 2016
They're delicious!
Derrik W on May 18, 2016
Best apples! I'm adding to my collection
Ashley W on May 17, 2016
Several years ago we purchased these from you and they were wonderful they produced in the first year. We had to move and we are hoping for similar success.
Lynnise F on Jul 8, 2017
My daughters went to Minnesota, it's an homage
NEAL S on Apr 2, 2017
My hardiness zone is 7A. Honey crisps are recommended in zones 3-6. What will happen if I plant honey crisps anyway?
Randy W on Sep 9, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I'm a commercial grower on the border of 7a/6b. We have a few acres of honeycrisp planted and are able to get a good crop each year. However, you can tell the trees are meant for the northern cold. Compared to other apples, the trees show less vigor. Additionally, the fruit sometimes has a tough time staying on the tree, so you have to keep a careful watch otherwise you'll walk outside and see all your apples on the ground. But nothing beats the taste of honey crisp, so it's well worth the extra effort to keep an eye on them!
When does this tree bloom, and when does it produce fruit?
Tim H on Apr 10, 2016
BEST ANSWER: For Minnesota the tree blooms in May and produces apples late august early september
which apples are compatible with honeycrisp apples for zone 3b?
Jessica T on Mar 2, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Try KinderKrisp, Wolf River, or Yellow Transparent. Even edible crabapples like Chestnut or Whitney will work.
Does the Honey Crisp dwarf apple produce fruit EVERY year ?
Allan L on Apr 20, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Most Apple trees will bear every other year unless you thin them by culling immature apples until there are only one or two per cluster. If you do that the remaining apples will be larger and the tree will bear every year. The University of Minnesota Extension website is an excellent resource for additional information.
can I split a 4" pvc pipe and place around my tree trunks and remove it when the trees are more mature? I plan on placing the halves together with hose clamps for easy removal later.
Steve T on Mar 16, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I believe that you could do this. My only concern would be airflow/ mold, so I would just drill holes in the PVC pipe prior to attaching. And of course be sure to check how the tree is growing so that it doesn't get constrictive as the tree grows. Good luck and good idea!
I am looking at dwarf trees that I can keep in containers because I rent. Would the honey crisp apple grow well in a container?
Shaina M on Feb 28, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes. Choose a container that has plenty of drainage holes to manage excess water. Be sure to start with a container size that accommodates the tree’s current root system with room to grow. Water when the soil in the container becomes dry to the touch below the surface. We have a series on growing fruit trees in containers, which starts here:
I'm in zone 7A. Apple tree I'm looking at is in zone 3-6 what would be the problem planting it in zone 7A we're actually warmer?
amlkman on Sep 27, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Warm is generally not good for apple trees; they need a certain amount of time below a certain temperature to go dormant and complete the fruiting cycle. We have just introduced 4 new Honeycrisp crosses that can all be successfully grown in the warmer climates of Zones 5-7. You may want to read about them: Stark® Scarlet Crush™, Stark® Ruby Darling™, Stark® Hart's Fancy™ and Stark® Red Romance™.
Why won't a Honey Crisp Apple grow and do well in zone 8B?
Wade R on Sep 23, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. The reason is "chill hours." Many fruit varieties require a certain number of hours in a certain range of temperatures in order to go dormant, and then start their production cycle all over again. Honeycrisp™'s estimated chill hours are 800-1,000 hours below 45°F. If your zone doesn't reliably have those kind of temperatures, your tree will not produce fruit.
Any success growing Honey Crisp in Oklahoma? I want to give it a shot. How tall will the dwarf & semi dwarf trees grow?
Ben H on Oct 10, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I planted a honey crisp and gala and am in the process of espaliering them. Being it is only the second year of growth there is no fruit but the growth of trunk and limbs have been above expectations. We'll see if it blooms next year as it takes 3-5 years for fruit.
Is the Virginia clay soil best for this tree?
Shawn G on May 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I am in zone 7a. I live in a place called CLAYMONT. I have had great success with my fruits and berries by tilling in as much leaf mold as I can and using Starks fertilizers as recommended or slightly less. The clay in my area is slightly acidic and fairly nutrient dense, so as long as you can get some air to the roots, I hope you will have similar great results.
After the tree has been in the ground for a year. Does it need fertilized?
Beth M on Mar 24, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes Best results with a fertilizer for fruit trees.
Are honey crisp resistant to cedar rust and fire blight?
Margie B on May 17, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I just planted my honey crisp apple trees last fall. We got so much snow this winter that the trees
just recently (in the last month) got their leaves. I've seen no problems with them, and can't wait until the start producing. Good Luck.
Will the honeycrisp apple tree bear fruit in a shady area?
Laura K on Mar 29, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It might, but a shady area is not an ideal location for an apple tree. Light has a lot to do with fruit-bud production and the overall quality of the fruit.
How long does it take from seed for honey crisp to produce fruit in zone 6b?
Rochelle H on Dec 26, 2017
BEST ANSWER: You will not be able to grow a Honeycrisp apple from seed, because it is a cultivated variety vs. an open-pollinated variety. You can certainly plant the seed and see what happens, but it will not produce a true-to-parent Honeycrisp. Honeycrisp has a complex parentage and it would be very difficult, if not impossible, to predict the variety of apple a Honeycrisp seed would produce.
I have two young (not bearing yet) HoneyCrisp and Empire apple trees. What other varieties could I plant as good pollinators?
Dan N on Nov 24, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Pollinators for Honeycrisp include any Gala variety, Jonathan, Jonafree, Honeygold, Golden Delicious - there are many. For Empire, try Liberty, Cortland, McIntosh or CandyCrisp.
I would like to espalier an apple tree. Would the honey crisp tree be a good candidate for the type of training?
AbbyJ on Sep 20, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Absolutely. The dwarf version will be easier to manage, but you can also espalier a semi-dwarf tree. Here's an informative article on how to espalier, if you're interested. //
If I only plant 2 apple trees... honeycrisp and arkansaw black, will they pollinate eachother?
Butterfly688 on Jul 17, 2017
BEST ANSWER: You're in luck! These are both mid-late bloomers and will pollinate one another.
Can a candy crisp pollinate the honey crisp?
Elizabeth K on May 21, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it can. The two trees have similar bloom times.
Will the Honeycrisp be a good cross pollinator for the Goodland tree?
Lara G on May 18, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Goodland is a mid-season bloomer; Honeycrisp blooms mid-late, so I'm afraid that won't work. You need another mid-season bloomer like Gala.
can a columnar apple tree be used as a pollinator with honeycrisp ?
Donna M on Feb 23, 2017
BEST ANSWER: There are several varieties of columnar apples available, which have different bloom times - but as long as the bloom time is similar to Honeycrisp, yes, a columnar apple will work as a pollinator.
Would the Gala apple tree be a good choice to pollinate a Honeycrisp? Would the Honeycrisp help the Gala in return?
Neelia P on Jan 29, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, Gala will pollinate Honeycrisp, and vice versa. They have similar bloom times.
Can I buy one pollinator for two Honeycrisp trees?
Rebecca K on Jan 22, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Sure! Make you plant the pollinator within 50' of your Honeycrisp trees to assure good pollination, and you should be fine.
How much yield (in bushels) can I expect from my mature semi dwarf Honey Crisp Apple Tree?
John B on Dec 30, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Apple tree yields also depend on growing conditions, but here is a rule of thumb: Dwarf: 1–4 bushels;
Semi-Dwarf: 5–10 bushels; Standard: 10–20 bushels. We have a guide on our website with the approximate yields for fruit trees here: //
Will granny Smith and honeycrisp pollinate eachother?
Mike T on Nov 15, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. A Honeycrisp will indeed pollinate a Granny Smith and vice-versa.
Can I plant another Honeycrisp™ Apple a a pollinator?
Beth V on Nov 5, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. The same variety will not pollinate itself; you need a different variety. Almost any other apple tree with a similar bloom time will pollinate Honeycrisp and give you a nice yield.
Can I plant a honey crisp in the back yard and the pollinator in the front?
Sheila W on Oct 25, 2016
BEST ANSWER: That would depend upon the size of the lot. Pollinators need to be within 50' of one another or pollination won't be as effective, if at all.
Can I reliably pollinate this Honeycrisp Apple Tree with a nearby Red Baron Crab?
Dave D on Sep 28, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. Both are mid-season bloomers, should your Red Baron should do the job. If you have any white-flowering crabapples nearby, any of those will serve as excellent pollinators for Honeycrisy™.
I purchased two apple trees this spring; honey crisp and Ben Davis. Are they compatible pollinators for zone 3b?
Linda P on Jun 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The zone range for both varieties includes zone 3. Pollination is separate from hardiness zone, but Ben Davis and Honeycrisp will be able to cross-pollinate one another.
We have several young apple trees planted last fall. We suspect they have Cedar Apple Rust fungus. What is the recommended treatment?
Michael H on Jun 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: While an early-season fungicide spray may help reduce the symptoms of cedar-apple rust, it's not going to fully control the issue. The "best" method is the removal of the cedar trees in the area, which is not always feasible. Fortunately, in many cases, cedar-apple rust isn't severe enough to cause concern/problems, but (especially if your trees show signs of severe susceptibility) you may want to reach out to your area's extension service for more local advice.
Is it enough to plant one Jonathan Apple tree to pollinate two Honey crisp trees?
Zoya L on Mar 5, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question! Yes, one Jonathan will be enough to pollinate two Honeycrisp.

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Nope for SW Missouri
I bought my Dwarf Honeycrisp Apple tree in 2010, at the same time I bought the Dwarf Jonathon Apple. They are just a few feet apart. The Jonathon Apple is in its third year of blooming and it's looking like we'll get a decent crop for the first time.

The Honeycrisp gets the same care as the Jonathon, is pruned carefully, fertilized, in the same soil, and gets the same sun. And it's never even bloomed. On top of that, it's just not as vigorous a tree. While it's grown and puts out new growth every year, it's not as big as the Jonathon.

My suspicion is that this is a temperamental variety of tree and that it needs really specific conditions to produce. I would not recommend this tree to the novice.
April 1, 2016
Honey crisp apple tree...
We have had our tree for several years. Apples are huge and very sweet & delicious (but not too sweet). I would say that this kind of apple is best for fresh eating though. Only stores for 2-3 months (kept in cool basement. No problems with late freeze (Chicago area). I would definitely recommend this variety!
March 16, 2016
Honey crisp apple trees
The bare root trees I ordered from Stark Brothers came in excellent condition, and already pruned. I set them out in the fall of 2015, so I am excited to see them sprout this spring! So far, so good! Thanks Stark Brothers for the high quality and also for the helpful tips and videos to help us amateurs.
February 22, 2016
over 2 years ago
Hard to Know Yet
I've had a dwarf Honeycrisp for 3 years now, and we don't even have any flowers yet. I do fertilize as suggested.
May 14, 2016
over 3 years ago
They are flowering this year!
I planted my bare root trees two summers ago and this year they are blooming! I couldn't be happier with my purchase from Stark Bro's.
May 5, 2016
over 3 years ago
I have purchased the dwarf variety of honeycrisp and red rome beauty. Like one of the other reviewers said the 2 apple trees are near each other exposed to the same type of elements, yet the red rome beauty seems to be doing much better. Has better growth while the honeycrisp is barely surviving. Both trees were purchased the same time and this was their second spring. I know our soil is not the best (it's clay-ish) so maybe the honeycrisp is just a more sensitive tree. Maybe with time as it slowly gets stronger it will overcome the soil challenges and will produce apples.
May 16, 2016
over 3 years ago
Jonagold and Honeycrisp
The honeycrisp and Jonagold apple trees that I planted last spring got off to a good start. For some reason the Jonagold died last fall. You have sent me a replacement. Thanks
May 16, 2016
over 2 years ago
two year report
I purchased the oldest available stock which arrived in excellent condition at the right time for planting in 2015. The tree started well, then faltered due to insufficient water (my fault), but has now been resurrected. This year it has put out many new branches which are at appropriate places for scaffolding, added 3 feet of top growth, and looks quite good. Many branches formed at an acute angle to the main stem but I have been able to flatten out some of the most important ones without difficulty. It is too early to evaluate the fruit, but I am very satisfied so far and would recommend this particular stock.
July 16, 2016
over 2 years ago
Honeycrisp Apple
I ordered 2 apple trees,one didn't make it last yr.
They sent me a replacement and there both budding this yr.
Thank you Starkbros.
May 16, 2016
over 3 years ago
3 years No Fruit
Trees look healthy and bloom well the same time the red rome and yellow delicious bloom, yet they have not set any fruit. I have even manually pollinated these trees with no success.
May 18, 2016
over 2 years ago
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